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I want to be on record before the final couple of the weeks of the season play out: Neal Huntington should be fired. I hope this team doesn’t lose a game the rest of the season. I hope that the Buccos sweep through the playoffs and win the World Series in four games. I hope that, after winning it all in 2012, the Pirates go on a nearly generation long streak of victorious seasons like what they have known in Atlanta and New York. I hope that Neal Huntington rides that wave of success all the way to a plaque in the Hall of Fame.
But five years in, with the club that he has assembled given the assets he had available to him in terms of players to trade, draft picks to make and money to spend, he should be fired.
I hope that this post eventually – maybe within a couple of weeks – makes me look like an idiot and a jerk. I hope that this post causes my name become a synonym for moronic bloggers and that I’m ostracized from Pittsburgh fandom the way Steve Bartman has been from Chicago. I ...
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The Pirates have been playing some horrible baseball lately. Five game losing streak. Two wins in their last ten games. Going 13-25 since the start of August. Take your pick, but either way the story is the same. The team is just playing terrible baseball. Some call it collapsing. I think of it as a regression from a team that probably was too streaky and not good enough to continue...
The Pittsburgh Pirates losing streak reached a season-high six games on Wednesday after falling 2-1 to Cincinnati. While the pitching staff kept the club in the game, the offense continues to struggle. That has been the story during the streak for the Pirates. Aside from losing 12-2 in the blow out on Friday against Chicago, Pittsburgh lost each of their next five games by two runs...
The Pittsburgh Pirates aren't very good at winning game anymore, but their star player at least knows how to broker peace. The Pirates lost their fifth game in a row and for the 22nd time in their last 31 games Tuesday night, dropping a 5-3 decision at Cincinnati. Though the Pirates' freefall continues, they at least avoided a possibly ugly situation. Pirates rookie reliever...
The Pirates lost again. It sucked.
A.J. Burnett pitched well. He was in the zone early on and ended up striking out eight over six solid innings. The Reds scratched out two runs off him – both started with the leadoff man reaching second, then taking third on a productive out, then scoring on a productive out. Imagine that.
The Pirates struggled against Homer Bailey for the most...
As the Pittsburgh Pirates struggle to remain in postseason contention, the possibility of their first winning season in 20 years also seems to be jeopardy.
A.J. Burnett hopes to continue his recent success against Cincinnati and help the visiting Pirates avoid a season-high sixth consecutive loss and three-game sweep at the hands of the NL Central-leading Reds on Wednesday night...
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1t. Alen Hanson, SS
1t. Gregory Polanco, OF
I had a tough time picking the top prospect from this pair. In a tiered ranking system, they’d both be in the same group. When it comes to picking between them, it’s splitting hairs.
Offensively, the difference is minimal. Polanco was more consistent this year, and...
On a busy date for Pittsburgh Pirates birthdays, we have a Hall of Fame first baseman, one of the best sluggers of the 1950′s and a player from the 1909 World Series champs. John Fredland, in his Jolly Roger Rewind, takes a look back at a game from 1958 that broke a very long losing streak. Before we get into the former players, we have one current player to mention. Second baseman...
Though the team they're chasing for the NL's second wild-card spot keeps faltering, the Pittsburgh Pirates have failed at nearly every turn to take advantage.
Losers in eight of 10, the visiting Pirates again try to emerge from their second-half malaise Tuesday night against the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds after a series-opening 14-inning marathon.
Four former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date, including a pitcher for the 1990 team that won the NL East and another that was one half of a family duo that played third base for the Pirates in the 1950′s. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland recaps a home run barrage from the great Ralph Kiner, who is linked to one of the players listed below.
Franquelis Osoria (1981) Relief...
The Pirates fell again Tuesday night, this time in a more non-descript fashion…but still close enough to be frustrating. A couple mistakes in the field did them in as the Reds prevailed 5-3.
Kevin Correia wasn’t too bad, although he allowed a homer to Brandon Phillips on a total meatball for the first pitch of the game. The Phillips homer tied the game at one, since Alex Presley...
Looky looky another loss. Clint Hurdle still in the driver’s seat though. That really inspires confidence. I wonder if Neal Huntington will ever comment about the absurd lineups, and awful losing streak? Anything would be better than his awful cliches, and fruitless interviews to date. Throw us a bone Neal. Please…… The Pirates look to [...]
The Pirates are still "playing baseball" for at least a little while longer. I bet if you turn the game on your TV, you'll see something frustrating happen. I have my own softball game tonight, plus I value my sanity. I will not be turning the game on. Honestly, I'm so far past checked out on this team that it's sad, given where things were just a few weeks...
I have a few issues with the term “collapse” that is being thrown around a lot lately. The first issue is that the word is being mentioned as if something is final. It’s a hyperbolic way of saying the team has been playing poorly the last month. It’s not enough to just say the team has been playing bad. You’ve got to get dramatic about it.
The word collapse suggests that...
I really don’t even want to talk about how much of an idiot Clint Hurdle was during and after the game last night. You’ve heard it. Pinch running for Garrett Jones with a guy in front of him was the height of idiocy, Wandy pulled early, threw team under bus while defending his moronic decision, [...]